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October 14, 1950

Bowery to Bellevue: The Story of New York's First Woman Ambulance Surgeon

JAMA. 1950;144(7):591. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920070081035

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This book is an autobiography extending from the author's childhood to the completion of an internship at Gouverneur Hospital in New York City in the early part of this century. The first few chapters dealing with the period prior to her medical education are dull and wordy; however, the story becomes alive with her acceptance as a medical student in the old medical college of the New York Infirmary for Women and Children. After two years, this school was discontinued and she transferred to the new Cornell University Medical College, which under its charter was required to accept women on the same basis as men. Difficulties appeared, however, when she tried to get a hospital appointment on graduation, and for a time she was forced to go into medical practice as assistant to Dr. Mary Putnam Jacobi. Finally, the author won an internship at Gouverneur Hospital on the basis of

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